Hiking Yellowstone - 100 miles the Second

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It seems this year I'm heading quite a few times to Yellowstone.
I just decided to do another trip of intense hiking in mid-August before heading back in September again.

All hikes will be day hikes, usually 10-15 miles a day, as this is what I normally hike on average. I often do long hikes that are usually 20-25 miles so I should be okay with my mileage goal to hit 100 miles in a week again.

I have a base camp at Madison and will cover a lot of the trails in the nearby and within an hour drive. Since it was a last minute decision there weren't many camping options left for this peak season.

Trails include:

  • Sentinal Meadows/Fairy Falls Loop (have to hike it again)
  • Shoshone Geyser Basin
  • Purple Mountain and Monument Geyer Basin
  • Mount Washburn
  • Garnet Hill Loop Trail
  • Lava Creek Trail
  • Mary Mountain Lake to Mary Lake
  • Cygnet Lake and Ice Lake Hellroaring Creek
  • Mallard Lake Loop

I hiked the park intensively last year and already did Sepulcher Mountain, Avalanche Peak, Bunsen Peak and Osprey Falls, Beaver Ponds and many other trails, so this year I focus on new trails.

Originally I wanted to do Mt. Holmes as an overnighter, but I guess the trailhead is still not accessible because of the construction. Does anyone have information?
Since I do not have a shuttle, I'll do Mary Mountain trail only to Mary Lake and then turn around.

I purposely left the Lamar Valley trails out this time as this will be hiking adventure number three next year. The same for the Southeast side including Pelican Valley, Heart Lake area and further south.

Any thoughts and suggestions?

I guess on most of these trails I shouldn't have any issues with crowds


Sepulcher Mountain last year
 

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There are Backcountry campsites relatively close to roads ... You may be able to stay at. Electric peak... Better as overnite tho
 
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I'm extremely jealous @Yvonne! It looks like you have a group of fun hikes ahead of you.

You can get to Mount Holmes via the Grizzly Lake Trailhead, assuming it is not closed too due to construction. You'll love Shoshone Geyser Basin. Are you heading to Mary Lake from the Lower Geyser Basin side or the Hayden Valley side? I personally think the Hayden Valley route is the better of the two. Lava Creek might be a hot hike in August, it's pretty exposed so drink plenty of water along the way. :) The Cygnet Lakes and Mary Mountain routes are big time Grizzly areas, so be bear aware and extremely cautious if hiking alone.
 

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I'm extremely jealous @Yvonne! It looks like you have a group of fun hikes ahead of you.

You can get to Mount Holmes via the Grizzly Lake Trailhead, assuming it is not closed too due to construction. You'll love Shoshone Geyser Basin. Are you heading to Mary Lake from the Lower Geyser Basin side or the Hayden Valley side? I personally think the Hayden Valley route is the better of the two. Lava Creek might be a hot hike in August, it's pretty exposed so drink plenty of water along the way. :) The Cygnet Lakes and Mary Mountain routes are big time Grizzly areas, so be bear aware and extremely cautious if hiking alone.

there is no need for you to be jealous, you have an awesome 14-day paddling /exploring trip going on this summer. I'm jealous of you, lol.

I know about Mary Mountain route. I couldn't do it last year because it was closed due to Grizzly activity. So this one might still be a maybe.

Unfortunately, Mt. Homes will not work at all, because the road construction is between Roaring Mountain and Apollinaris Spring. Both TH are in the construction zone but I will check with the visitor center if it is accessible.

I'm super excited about Shoshone Geyser Basin. This one is on my bucket list for a while and I'll make it happen this time.
Not sure yet which way I will take to Mary Lake. The Hayden side was closed last year and then the other side as well due to bear activity and a carcass. So I'll have to check for sure if it is doable at all.

I'm okay with hot and exposed hikes, that's what I did for three years when I hiked in Hawai'i plus when I do my summer hikes here in the desert.
And you can always start early to beat the heat.

Even though I hiked a lot in bear-prone areas last year (Sepulcher Mountain, Canyon area around Grebe Lake and Observation Peak) I didn't see one on the trail. I saw lots of scat and tracks and smelled where they marked their area, but luckily no bear activity while I did my solo hikes. I hope it will stay the same this year
 

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